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Emma Donoghue

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Born in Dublin in 1969, I am an award-winning writer, living in Canada with my family.

Akin (2019) is my first contemporary novel for adults since Room. It follows a retired chemistry professor and his eleven-year-old great-nephew from New York on their journey to the French Riviera to unearth his mother's wartime secrets.

My second book for younger readers illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono, The Lotterys More Or Less, is a sequel to The Lotterys Plus One, which was described by the New York Times as 'delightful... warm and funny' and made the best-of-the-year lists of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and the Irish Times.

My novel Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. I adapted it into my first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, which was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (won by our star Brie Larson). 

My other books are the historical novels The Wonder, Frog Music, The Sealed LetterLife Mask, Slammerkin, and contemporary ones Landing, Hood and Stir-fry; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch, and literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

Readers, hearing from you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. makes my day, and I’ll respond as soon as I can find a moment. I’m happy to help with any obscure query to which you can’t find an answer on this website or in the many articles by or interviews with me available online... but please don't ask me to provide basic information (I'm talking to you, school students with papers due Monday!). I’m afraid I can't visit book clubs in person, by phone or Skype, or comment on anyone's work; I'm always writing (which I think you'll agree is the best use of my time).

For queries about my fiction, non-fiction, drama for stage or radio, or about translations, please contact my primary agent Caroline Davidson of the Caroline Davidson Literary Agency at 5 Queen Anne's Gardens, London, W4 1TU, U.K., Ph 44 20 8995 5768, Fax 44 20 8994 2770, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For queries related to film or tv, please contact my screen agent Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content in New York, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For any US licensing or speaking engagement queries, please contact my American literary agent Kathleen Anderson of Anderson Literary Management, 244 Fifth Ave, Floor 11, New York, NY 10011, USA, Ph 1 212 645 6045, Fax 1 212 741 1936, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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